In relation to the recent bilateral visit conducted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to New Zealand, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi wants Indonesian coffee to be better known in that country. Moreover, New Zealand people are known with very high coffee drinking habits. After meeting with alumni of foreign scholarship recipients in Jakarta, Thursday, March 22, Minister Retno Marsudi explained that Indonesian coffee itself has entered the New Zealand market, one of which is through a transaction that took place during the bilateral visit by President Joko Widodo.
“Coffee is a habit for the people of New Zealand, drinking coffee habit of New Zealand people is very high. Now, it means that the problem is why the coffee is not from Indonesia and the Indonesian coffee has been signed. Yesterday, when the President visited New Zealand, there were business meetings conducted during the visit and before the visit, there was a transaction in place yes, not a transaction that may be new in nature will appear later. But from the transaction, there are about $9.7 million dollars where $6 million dollars is from coffee,” Retno Marsudi said.
Minister Retno Marsudi added that many efforts have been made by the government of Indonesia to increase coffee exports to New Zealand. The promotion was through remarks disclosed by President Joko Widodo before a luncheon with New Zealand Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy. On the occasion, President Joko Widodo had joked by saying, "Do not forget, if you drink coffee, drink Indonesian coffee". (VOI/Rezha/Rhm)